Piracy in Charleston, S.C.: The adoption of the gentleman pirate, Stede Bonnet thumbnail

A town with an ugly past, trades debauchery for a more genteel reputation, and in the process adopts the gentleman pirate to keep pirate tourism dollars growing. Intentional or not, it seems to be working.

What makes a church a church? Carmi’s Emmanuel United Methodist church looks to leave history behind for greener pastures thumbnail

Carmi's Emmanuel Methodist Church has been a stalwart of north Carmi for over a century. As the neighborhood declined and the building has aged, is it time to move on?

Concerning the Battle of Setauket: a tale of two churches, a minor battle in the American Revolution and the village green today thumbnail

The 19th century artist William Sydney Mount came from Setauket, and would return back frequently to paint there, claiming it had the best light anywhere. The light is still there on Setauket Village Green, one of the best preserved greens to be found in New York. The Setaukets refer to the villages of Setauket and [...]

Is it really the House of the Seven Gables? Perhaps, perhaps not. Either way the Turner-Ingersoll mansion in Salem breathes New England history thumbnail

"Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst. The street is Pyncheon Street; the house is the old Pyncheon House; and an elm-tree, of wide circumference, rooted [...]

A brief history of St. Patrick: Who was Patrick and what does he have to do with green beer? thumbnail

St. Patrick's day throughout the world has reduced the role of St. Patrick, and some would argue Ireland itself to a breakfast cereal character. Who was he? And why should we care?


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